View Full Version : Does this sound like progression of curve?

03-08-2012, 05:03 PM
Hi Dr Scoliosis,

I was diagnosed with scoliosis at age 12 and wore a back brace until age 16. I have a lower curve to the left and an upper curve to the right. The lower curve was 42 degrees when last measured and the top one was not monitored as it wasn't considered major enough. When I was finished growing and stopped using the brace at age 16 my specialist said my curve should be stable and I should go on to live a normal life.

I'm now 32. For the last five years I've suffered a lot of pain and spasms in my neck and shoulders, mainly on the left side. The problems on the right side have mainly subsided but most of the time the muscles in my left shoulder are contracted, hard and sore. My GP said its not likely to be linked to my scoliosis.

Recently I've noticed that my right hip and rib cage feel uncomfortably close when I sit, I seem to put all my weight on my left leg when I'm standing and if I squat to pick something up off the ground I can lose balance and topple to the left at the bottom of the squat. In the last couple of days I also discovered that if I lean slightly to the right and concentrate on relaxing my left shoulder muscles I can. However, if I stop leaning to the right my shoulder tenses up again. I can only think my centre of gravity has shifted so my brain has worked out that if it pulls my left shoulder in-ward I'm rebalanced.

I really feel my curve has increased for these reasons but my GP doesn't seem to think so. I think I should go back and see my old specialist (who is still practicing) but on the other hand I don't want to waste his time. So, I'm wondering if the things I've listed above commonly go with an increase in curvature?

Thanks for your time!

Dr Scoliosis
10-08-2012, 10:28 AM
Thank you for your enquiry.

I consider that you would be well advised to return to see the specialist who supervised your care in adolescence. From the information you have provided it would seem that you had a lumbar curve and that in all likelihood this was of the idiopathic variety. The fact that you have noticed that your right hip and rib cage feel "uncomfortably close together with I sit" is very strongly suggestive that your curve has increased. Lumbar curves are noted for late deterioration.

Clinical impressions are sometimes fallacious when in maturity you will have filled out somewhat. The thing that matters is a standing x-ray which should include your iliac crests. You should ask your family doctor to have this performed and seek a specialist appointment.

On the information provided I cannot comment on the complaints that you have listed in relation to you neck and shoulders. This would be a matter to raise with the specialist.

I trust this information is helpful.

Dr Scoliosis